St. Vincent, Pale Waves and other vinyl releases you need this week

In partnership with Norman Records, here are some vinyl releases that you'll want to add to your collection

In this fast-paced musical landscape, where it’s so easy to simply put a playlist on shuffle, nothing compares to putting a record on, sitting back and enjoying all it has to offer in full (or at least until you have get up again to flip it over).

Every week, we here at NME round up the best vinyl releases, available to buy or pre-order via Norman Records. Here are the latest picks.

St. Vincent – ‘Daddy’s Home’

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St. Vincent has produced great album after great album over the course of the past decade or so, with her last seeing her pivot towards Bowie-esque pop. Now, she’s promised a “grittier, more nihilistic, more ‘dirt under the fingernails’ vibe” for her new LP.

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One of the greatest and most influential figures in contemporary alternative rock, Annie Clark prepares her sixth St. Vincent album. Teasing the LP with a campaign of street posters, ‘Daddy’s Home’ was produced by Clark herself alongside the in-demand Jack Antonoff and concerns her father’s release from prison after a white-collar crime, led by the boisterous lead single ‘Pay Your Way In Pain’.

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Pale Waves – ‘Who Am I?’

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“Liberation and pride conquer all” on Pale Waves’ second LP. As we write in our four-star review: “‘Who Am I?’ often finds the band caught up in nostalgia for turn-of-the millennium pop-rock… [but] the band capture their optimism of a new life worth living, but never shy away laying bare the challenges of doing so in times like these.”

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Crashing out of the gates with the huge-sounding lead single ‘Change’, Manchester-based Pale Waves make a lunge for the mainstream with their sophomore album ‘Who Am I?’. With former Muse, Biffy Clyro and Sigur Rós producer Rich Costey at the controls, Pale Waves’ dreamy indie-pop sound is beefed up here and thus bestowed with a strident sense of purpose.

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King Gizzard & Lizard Wizard – ‘Live in London 2019’

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With live music not able to take place right now, you could do a lot worse than taking solace in this live LP from one of music’s most prolific bands, who just so happen to be among the best in the live scene too.

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Girl In Red – ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’

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We tipped Girl In Red for big things last year, saying at the time: “Her tales of teenage depression, lust, sexuality and parties gone awry may sound dark and confessional on paper, but they actually showcase Ulven’s knack for an understated but undeniable banger.” She’s now set to release her debut, which we’re very excited about.

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Norwegian indie-pop sensation Marie Ulven announces her first girl in red album. Securing millions of followers around the world with a slew of EPs and singles since 2017, and hailed as a queer icon, Ulven’s debut full-length ‘If I Could Make It Go Quiet’ delivers on all the promise she’s displayed over the last few years.

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Nubiyan Twist – ‘Freedom Fables’

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It’s hard to get an album full of guest vocalists to flow, but London jazz collective Nubiyan Twist have found a way – by allowing each singer to provide their own story. “Freedom Fables reflects on the power of narratives. Each vocalist on this record explores their own memoirs, a freedom of expression underpinning our belief that music is the ultimate narrative for unity,” explains the band’s Tom Excell.

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Soul-jazz collective Nubiyan Twist follow up 2019’s ‘Jungle Run’ with ‘Freedom Fables’. The album features a number of guest musicians, something which expands the band’s already far-reaching sound. Vocalist and regular collaborator Cherise, sax player Soweto Kinch and Ghanian legend Pat Thomas all contribute whilst Ria Moran, a new vocal talent, gets her first taste of the limelight. Good stuff like.

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Altin Gün – ‘Yol’

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A Turkish-folk band from Amsterdam whose last album was nominated for a Grammy, Altin Gün’s latest brings in influences as wide ranging as psych, synth-pop and motorik for a record that grips you in a strange and certain way.

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Amsterdam-based outfit Altin Gün follow up the Grammy-nominated ‘Gece’ with their third studio album. ‘Yol’ – translated as ‘Road’ – sees the band enlarge their Anatolian psych-rock aesthetic to encompass influences from Eighties pop and classic Seventies synths.

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DJ Muggs The Black Goat – ‘Dies Occidendum’

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The Cypress Hill man’s new album is heavy on mystique and symbolism, but it also perhaps the grandest thing we’ve heard from him in some time.

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The sonic mastermind behind Cypress Hill and founder of his own record label Soul Assassins, DJ Muggs announces a new solo record trading under the additional name The Black Goat. Typically gloomy, menacing and entertaining, ‘Dies Occidendum’ gathers in elements of gypsy folk, dark psych-rock and trap.

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Gotts Street Park – ‘Volume Two’

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Gotts Street Park’s latest release boasts some great cameos – Grand Pax, Rosie Lowe and more – but it’s the fluidity of the musicianship between the core collective that stands out. Apt, given that the release was written and recorded all in the same room.

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‘Volume Two’ is more great music from fast-rising Leeds collective Gotts Street Park. The trio – consisting of Josh Crocker (bass), Tom Henry (keys) and Joe Harris (guitar) plus a rotating cast of drummers and vocalists – spark off the unrivalled feeling of creating music in the same room, even retaining the spirit of spontaneity under lockdown. What they come up with is a sort of nicey-nicey, chilled-out, vaguely psychedelic brand of neo-soul – think Khruangbin and Tom Misch.

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Do Nothing – ‘Glueland EP’

Do Nothing - Glueland

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“A measured, expansive second outing,” we write in our review of Do Nothing’s latest, adding: “The Nottingham band have used the last year to expand on their danceable post-punk with this reclined and intriguing EP.”

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Nottingham-based Do Nothing announce their sophomore EP release ‘Glueland’. Fronted by single ‘Uber Alles’, the five tracks on ‘Glueland’ continue the fine form that saw three songs from last year’s ‘Zero Dollar Bill’ playlisted by 6 Music. Chris Bailey’s voice ranges from the itchy anxiety of Talking Heads to Mark E Smith’s cynical, impassioned bark, fronting music ranging from poised art-rock to pointed post-punk.

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